“Don’t stop taking your multivitamin.”
That’s the simple advice offered by board-certified family practitioner David Brownstein, M.D. in the wake of heavily publicized recent studies that concluded a daily multivitamin doesn’t have health benefits.
Of course we are all smart enough to figure out who is paying for the research, because it’s hurting their bottom line. But I have good news and that is that:
After carefully reviewing the studies, Dr. Brownstein, one of the nation’s top practitioners of holistic medicine, concluded that they aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.
“I have been practicing medicine for more than 20 years, and I can assure you I have never seen a patient harmed by taking multivitamins,” says Dr. Brownstein. “However, I have had many patients harmed from FDA-approved drugs.
“In the first place, one of the studies used a very low potency vitamins – so low that I don’t expect anyone would think that they could help anything. Second, most of the multivitamins used I the studies were cheap synthetics, not natural vitamins. Inexpensive vitamins are made with synthetics, and many of the substances are made from petrochemicals, which provide a sub optimal response and can even be dangerous.”
A study to determine the usefulness of multivitamins in cardiovascular disease was riddled with problems that made its findings useless, in Dr. Brownstein’s opinion. “Half of the people stopped taking the vitamins during the study,” he said. “That, in and of itself, negates it. Even so, they still found an 11% decrease in cardiovascular risk – it just didn’t meet their criteria for statistics significance.”
The recent studies supposedly debunking the value of multivitamins were released less than 2 weeks after a Harvard study showed a multivitamin combined with selenium slowed deterioration in AIDS patients. In fact, the scientists labeled their results “groundbreaking,” adding that multivitamins could save a lot of lives at a small price. Another 2012 Harvard study found that multivitamins reduced cancer risk in older men.
Although the best way to get the vitamins and minerals your body needs is through a healthy diet, the typical diet lacks essential nutrients, according to Dr. Brownstein, and of course you’ve heard me say this on my online radio shows and in articles. “I check my patients for nutritional imbalances, and the vast majority of patients, both sick and well, have nutritional deficiencies.” And that is absolutely true also in my practice and others of like mind.
One of the answers is a daily multivitamin, but choosing the right one is essential.
“Not all multivitamins are created equal,” he says. “There are many inferior vitamins.
“It’s bet to enlist the help of a healthcare practitioner who can guide you and test you and adjust your supplements depending on what you need.” If you don’t want to visit me, just order my HealthTest© and you can easily complete your testing at home. Check it out on my website:
http://www.drhenry.com. We aren’t one-size-fits-all, so you must find out what your individual body needs are.
When looking for a good multivitamin, Dr. Brownstein suggests the following and I agree:
* Choose a natural supplement that contains natural, bioidentical versions of nutrients.
* Choose multivitamins that contain vitamin D3 – cholecalciferol.
The synthetic form of vitamin D is D2 or ergocalciferol – not good!
* Be sure to choose vitamins containing natural vitamin B-12 – labeled as hydroxy-, methyl-, or adenosylcobalamin.
Synthetic vitamin B-12 is listed as cyanocobalamin.
This will not be an issue if you order my individualized HealthTest©, because not only will you find out where you are normal, low or very-low in each nutrients, but you will get a clear understanding of each deficiency, plus a list of foods in that category.
If that’s not enough – receive a personally designed food program based on the answers to the questions you submitted. No counting calories, carbohydrates, fats, protein, fiber, etc., I do all that for you. What could be easier?
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